Thursday, July 4, 2013
Yankees Edge the Twins
The other nugget you take from this game was Sabathia's ability to bounce back from his sub-par start against the Orioles where he blew a three run lead capped off by a Nate McClouth home run late in the game. Tonight in seven innings, Sabathia struck out nine batters and gave up two runs. That is an ace-type start from a guy who has not been having an ace year overall. Also, this win was a huge milestone for CC Sabathia because it was win number 200 in his illustrious career. Through his years with the Indians to a brief stint with the Brewers and coming to the Yankees afterwards, Sabathia has been through a lot and it has been a privilege for the Yankees to call CC their ace. Without an ace the opposing lineup has nothing to fear but with Sabathia on the mound every fifth day, the opposition is a little more tense when they know they are facing the big lefty ace on the Yankees. Following Sabathia's start, Mariano Rivera came into the game to collect his 28th save of his final season. Rivera is pitching like he is 23 years old despite playing in his age 43 season.
The Yankees will try for the sweep tomorrow afternoon and they will send David Phelps to the mound. Phelps was shelled by the Orioles on Saturday night as he gave up nine runs in only a couple of innings of work. Hopefully tomorrow Phelps will have something better to attack the Twins with. The Yankees need a good start from Phelps considering Michael Pineda is knocking on the doors.